Important Topics of Yin Yoga
What Is Fascia?
Fascia is connective tissue, more specifically collagen, elastin, and fibronectin. It is a human web with no beginning and no end, and it binds around every muscle fiber, organ, bone, joint, and cell. Fascia is made of collagen sheaths and fibril tubes that slide along each other and hold and transport fluid. It is the most significant communication network in the body.
We target the fascia in a Yin Yoga practice. At Hatha Yoga World in Rishikesh, we teach Yin Yoga to complement the other Yang styles practiced. It’s a great tool to positively affect a Yang practice like Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Hatha yoga, which we also offer in our 200 and 300-hour teacher training courses.
The fascia is coming back to its natural form to reshape itself. The value of rebound in the fascia is becoming healthier, more robust, taps into the nervous system, relaxation and healing, sensation and body awareness improves. Rebound allows Qi and fluid to flow freely through the body. The fascia reforms itself, generating a calming and relaxing effect on the body and mind. Stressing the tissue gives us a more extensive range of movement within the muscle and fascia. The functional purpose of the asana is to stress the connective tissue in a target area. Stressing the tissue induces a phase change by crushing the tiny crystal formations of liquid in the fascia. The fluid changes from gel to liquid, so we feel a melting sensation.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Yin and Yang is a duality of one source. ‘Qi’ is bioenergy and is translated into Sanskrit. It is the same as ‘Prana.’ It can be seen as the spirit or the life force energy. TCM sees the body as an energetic system working towards balance. Qi flows in a system of channels to every part of the body. TCM works with restoring and balancing Qi to obtain good health. The source is divided into the energy of Yin and Yang and further split into five elements. In TCM, the five elements are water, wood, fire, earth, and metal.